Saturday, January 31, 2009

walden farms...

hello all! it was great being with so many of you this morning. thank you for your presence in this community, it's an invaluable part of my life!

on to business!:

i've added the Walden Farms home page to the "check this out" section of my blog (to your right)... you'll see they have a lot of other products available as well. we have branched out beyond the dressings a time or two (or shall I say Rob has... he has a much more adventurous spirit for the fat-free, calorie-free world than I do!!), but we've found their dressings are the best. we haven't tried them all though! so explore at will and let us know if you come up with any other goodies we should know about!

one thing I noticed about the website is just how many different dressings they have! typically we find the ranch, caesar, honey dijon, thousand island, blue cheese, raspberry vinaigrette, and italian in local stores. also- I believe they are cheaper in stores than online. (often Meier will have one or more flavors on sale!)

my favorites are ranch (I love to mix this with balsamic vinegar and cracked pepper), honey dijon (yummy!), blue cheese (toss in some lite feta from Trader Joe's and you'll feel like you're eating the real thing!), thousand island (great on the lo-cal reuben {recipe coming soon}), and raspberry vinaigrette. so... basically I like 'em all... though Rob's the only caesar fan in the house...

I hope you'll find this helpful in varying flavors for salads and other dishes... check it out!!


Thursday, January 29, 2009


well it's nearly the end of week 2 and I'm finally dusting off the old blog, and I have this to say...

  1. workouts are hard.
  2. weighing and counting food is... not the most fun.
  3. feeling the support of a community of brave, empowered souls who are feeling the same thing is awesome!
so I guess IT'S ALL GOOD(a great teacher I know taught me that one)

Hey! here's something I learned this week- it's partly a confession actually... so I ran on Wednesday... on... a fancynewtreadmillatmygym. there I said it. but here's what was great- I learned that I pushed myself harder on that machine than I did on running outside last week.

Quick sidebar: I have slipped a bit in the past few months on my running- no excuses? I found plenty of them! but I keep reminding myself that I'm training a puppy- that's me- and I'm back in it again to work at really creating new patterns for myself.

So what I really appreciated about this fancy new treadmill was that I could keep track of my pace and steadily increase as I proceeded through the run... I became aware of the fact that I'm not at a place with my cardio work yet to be able to steadily increase my pace the entire way, I had to pull off a touch in the 40-50 minute range, I just don't have the endurance built up yet. I figure I can use the machine on Wednesdays for a while to help train me and push me. Like I said, no way would I have pushed myself as hard on my own yesterday.

Now for the "attachment disclaimer". If, for whatever reason I can't get to the gym, or it's a beautiful day or whatever the reason- I will freely abandon the plan to run outside... I just think for the next few weeks I can learn a lot from it.

Train that puppy!!